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Women’s Health in Urban Settings
September 25, 2007, Volume 54, No. 5

Noting the special needs of women in urban settings to handle the growing health needs of themselves and their families, the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing convened a special ‘Think Tank’ of leading educators and healthcare policymakers to identify issues and their solutions.

These thought leaders in health science, design, policy, and business sought to:

• Establish a dialogue about contemporary issues that women face in urban places that impact their health and life experiences;

• Identify and critically analyze best practices and new strategies to enhance women’s health in urban places;

• Foster new paradigms of scholarship and practice that integrate environment and healthcare.

Participants included Peabody, Polk and Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Laurie Garrett; Philadelphia Health Commissioner Carmen I. Paris; Sandra Thomas, from the University of Tennessee; Carol J. Boyd, and Jacquelyn C. Campbell from Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing.

Issues discussed included: taking in the worldview women of different cultures, how environmental factors such as crime and safety affect women’s health, how healthcare policies can be unintentionally “gendered,” and how the design of urban spaces can deter or encourage physical activity.

“This leading edge, solutions driven ‘Think Tank’ established a dialogue about contemporary issues that women face in urban places that impact their health and life experiences,” Dean Afaf I. Meleis said. “We are working on new strategies to impact women’s health in positive ways.”

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Almanac - September 25, 2007, Volume 54, No. 5